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Help: Getting Windows XP & Vista To Share Network Files

Using netgear router but unable to get files to share between xp & vista

8:56 am on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

Just discovered this great forum, very informative :)

My problem:

My desktop is Windows XP professional and it connects to the internet via a Witreless Netgear DG834 router. The PC is connected to the router via LAN cable as their proximity is very close.

I can connect to the internet just fine. I got the wireless router for when I get a laptop.

On XP I created a home network with these settings:
1. Connection method was: computer connects to the internet through a residential gateway.

2. Computer description is Dessktop PC and computer name is DESKTOP

3. Workgroup name is MSHOME

4. I turned on file and printer sharing.

5. I then finished the network setup and restared.

I share 2 folders on my xp by right-clicking and then sharing.

I now have my laptop that has Vista Premium installed. All file sharing features are switched on via the network sharing center.

In Vista network all I see is my netgear router and my laptop PC. I don't understand why I cannot see the folders on my XP desktop.

Does anyone have any suggestions as I am almost giving up.

Kind regards

11:19 am on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you're talking about the network map in the Network and Sharing Center in Vista, it uses the LLTD networking protocol to create the map, and most XP computers won't display unless you download a patch that enables the protocol. You can display the full map, and then click the link on the left titled "Why are some computers and devices missing?" which will lead you to a troubleshooter that will let you display the older devices.

Note that this is with the network map only; you should still be able to connect to the resources on the XP computer in Network Places without problems. However since you referenced being able to see the router, I assumed this is what you were talking about.


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